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300 plus teens immersed in fun & health

Janessa Duenas and Cooper Delancey dice up vegetables in the “Kitchen Nightmares” session at Tuesday’s Teen Summit.

VINCE REMBULAT/The Bulletin


POSTED October 16, 2013 11:17 p.m.

Janessa Duenas was one of over 300 Manteca Unified students to attend the 2013 BEST Teen Summit Tuesday at Golden West School.

She and Cooper Delancey, both juniors at Manteca High, heard about this ninth annual event hosted by Give Every Child a Chance and, for the fifth straight year, sponsored by Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Manteca from their AP History teacher.

“If I weren’t here I’d probably be sleeping in,” she said.

MUSD students are currently enjoying their fall break. Duenas and Delancey  were among those taking part in the organized sessions made possible by GECAC.

Superintendent Jason Messer was brief and to the point during the opening session. “Just have fun,” he said.

Duenas and Delancey, meanwhile, had a chance to chop up vegetables in the “Kitchen Nightmares (Safely Preparing & Tasting Food)” session under the direction of GECAC Healthy Lifestyle Coordinator Jennifer Corriea.

In this fun, hands-on session, students learned how to properly handle food while sampling several recipes.

Duenas was also looking forward to taking Irene Munguia’s “Keeping it Crafty” session – students picked up pointers on repurposing and re-creating old pieces of clothing – and the “Be Safe & Alert” as taught by local martial arts legend Robin Taberna.

The Teen Summit allowed students from junior high on up to stir up their creative side.

Santos Martinez, A.J. Saucedo, and Fernando Rocha of Shasta School did just that in the “Community Mural” session taught by local artist and muralist Kathy Banzon, who also handles GECAC’s Art Start program.

The three eighth-grade students took part in assisting on a mural for that day.

Martinez, Saucedo and Rocha were also looking forward to the “Kitchen Nightmares” session.

According to GECAC Director of Community Outreach Chuck Crutchfield, “Kitchen Nightmares,” “Keeping it Crafty,” “Purpose Driven Teenager,” and “Crossfit Training” were among the new sessions for this year.

Frank Sabala was trainer for “Crossfit.” He engaged youngsters in a game of dodge ball but with a twist. Those unable to field the ball cleanly or gets struck by the ball had to do a set of burpee exercises.

Other sessions included Zumba led by Kim Fields and Mierya Gonzalez; Gangs “The Ugly Truth” under the direction of the Manteca Police Department; Social Media Awareness and Cyber Safety by GECAC Technology Outreach Director Jerry Schossow; College Prep “Believe in the Dream” by various presenters; and “Learn Today – Earn Tomorrow” on putting together resumes and how to do job interviews under the guidance of GECAC Director of Employment mentoring Natalie Guerrero.

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